Interview With Rohini Singh
Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.
I am the first female science fiction writer from the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean. I have a BSc in computing and I have been employed in the Information Technology field for over eleven years now in the area of software development, web and database development and administration.
You've recently release a science fiction novel, The Time Manipulator's Son. Can you tell us a bit about the book?
The book is for pre-teens to young adults. I have introduced a brand new world in a distant galaxy, where the sky is a different colour each day of the week. Species such as biclopses, flykinds, steamhounds, blockheads, and earthlings (including Trinidadians) all coexist under two and a half moons.
The story line centers around three twelve year old boys who were considered outcasts among their peers. These boys came together under unusual circumstances to solve a mystery. This union helped these boys to accept themselves for who they are and they were able to overcome their differences, hence the book touches on the sensitive and worldwide subjects of bullying and diversity.
The book was rated as a #1 Hot New Release on Amazon.com.
What is it, as a writer, that appeals to you most about the science fiction genre?
As a child, I was always fascinated by the diverse worlds and realities that go beyond the boundaries of reality, where anything is possible. I especially admire the works of Gene Roddenberry.
When writing The Time Manipulator's Son, did you find anything about the process surprising or difficult?
Writing the book was not difficult for me. The plot came quite easily after looking at some of the young students at a high school where my sister was a teacher. The idea popped into my head: what if kids of different species came together for a common cause in an alternate world?
Do have any interesting facts or stories to tell about the book, or an anecdote about writing it?
The book features the culture, language, folklore and food from Trinidad. These were incorporated into a futuristic world and I also mirrored our multi-cultural society.
What is your greatest challenge as a writer, and as an author?
Building an audience with social media was my biggest challenge, especially since I was never active in social media before. Also, reaching the younger readers was not available through social media.
Who has inspired you as an author?
Enid Blyton, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Jules Verne, Michael Crichton. Authors from Trinidad include, Michael Anthony, Samuel Selvon and Vidya Naipaul.
What do you enjoy when you’re not busy writing?
Looking at football (English, Spanish and Italian league championships), reading, and taking in a good movie.
What’s next for you?
Hopefully, to continue writing a four part series in “The Time Manipulator’s Son”. I already have the plots for each of the books planned out.
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